CSC News

March 13, 2012

Anjum Selected to Attend Mentoring Workshops

Congratulations to Bushra Anjum, a PhD student in the NC State Department of Computer Science, who has been selected to receive student travel awards (travel expenses, meals and lodging) for three workshops designed to mentor and support women in their graduate school studies.
Anjum was selected to attend the Career Mentoring Workshop (co-located with SIGCSE 2012) held on February 29, 2012 in Raleigh, NC.  The goal of this workshop is to provide critical mentoring information for instructors, pre-tenure faculty and graduate students in computer science and engineering who are interested in an academic career.  Discussion topics included Mentoring, Teaching Strategies, Getting Started with Research/Finding Funding/Research with Undergraduates, Promotion and Tenure, Time Management, and Balancing Priorities (i.e. teaching vs. research vs. service).
On March 26, 2012, Anjum will attend the IEEE N2Women Workshop (co-located with INFOCOM 2012) in Orlando, FL.  This workshop will bring the research and career interests of women in networking and communications to the forefront.  The workshop has the following goals:  Creating new research connections; mentoring undergraduate, graduate and post-doc students; and Obtaining feedback on research from members of the community.  The workshop will feature keynote talks from distinguished members of the community, panel sessions, mentoring sessions and a poster session.

Finally, Anjum was selected to attend the CRA-W Graduate Cohort Workshop to be held on April 13-14, 2012, in Bellevue, WA.  The CRA-W Grad Cohort program, initiated in 2004, aims to increase the ranks of senior women in computing by building and mentoring nationwide communities of women through their graduate studies.  Students will meet for two days with 20-25 senior computing researchers and professionals who will share pertinent information on graduate school survival skills, as well as more personal information and insights about their experiences.  The rewards of a research career will be emphasized.  The workshop will include a mix of formal presentations and informal discussions and social events.  Through this workshop, students will be able to build mentoring relationships and develop peer networks that will form the basis for ongoing activities during their graduate careers.
“I consider myself fortunate to have been selected to be a part of such great mentoring workshops,” said Anjum.  “Their hallmark is genuine career advice, sincere encouragement, and premium networking opportunities.  I would strongly advise every female graduate student (especially in STEM fields) to apply for these enriching events during their grad school years.”
Anjum is advised by Dr. Harry Perros.


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